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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is "the jaunt"?
(a) A type of teleportation.
(b) A super fast train.
(c) A rocket ship.
(d) A chemical journey.

2. What happened to the first person to go through the jaunt?
(a) He went insane and was put in a sanitarium.
(b) Nothing adverse.
(c) He died.
(d) He was turned inside out.

3. What does Mrs. Carmody suggest to rectify the situation with the fog?
(a) A seance.
(b) Human sacrifice.
(c) Intense prayer.
(d) Self sacrifice.

4. What does Brent Norton and his group deny?
(a) Evidence of anything supernatural.
(b) That the fog smells different.
(c) That the fog could possibly be poisonous.
(d) That the end of the world is at hand.

5. Who is the inventor of the jaunt?
(a) Victor Carune.
(b) Vernon Carmichael.
(c) Vincent Caramore.
(d) Vidal Ciccone.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Maureen do after the confrontation between Mike and the Greek?

2. Where is "The Wedding Gig" set?

3. Where is the inventor's splinter displayed?

4. What does Curt begin to discuss with the poster in his room?

5. What reasoning does the narrator use for thinking about Maureen from time to time?

Short Essay Questions

1. There is a rumor in the family that Gramma did something to Franklin to make him die. Do you think the family is just overreacting to their guilt and loss by blaming it on Gramma?

2. Rumor had it that Gramma was a witch and apparently became one because she could not carry a baby to term. Do you think Gramma was justified to dabble in witchcraft to attain her dream?

3. In what format is "Paranoid: A Chant" written, and what significance does it lend to the story?

4. In "The Mist," what do you think is the underlying message the story conveys to the reader? Cite examples from the story.

5. Why do you think Charles calls the bathroom the basement in "Here There Be Tygers"?

6. Henry finally shares his story with a few close friends years later about Reg and the Fornits. Why do you think it took him so long to share this information?

7. In "Here There Be Tygers", Charles returns to his classroom casually after the deaths of his teacher and classmate. What do you think this implies about what Charles has just experienced?

8. What do you think is the importance of Curt's tale of Cain and Abel?

9. In "Paranoid: A Chant," there are several instances in which the narrator is showing how obviously disturbed he is. Give one such example and tell why you think that example fits.

10. Stephen King is apparently trying to make his reader think when reading "The Jaunt." Do you think King wrote this story with that challenge in mind, or do you think he wrote it for pure entertainment?

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